Tag: Drama

Review: Goblin

Posted September 17, 2020 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 2 Comments

Male Lead: Gong Yoo
Female Lead: Kim Go Eun
Secondary Leads: Lee Dong Wook, Yoo In Na
Also Starring: Yook Sungjae, Hwang Seok Jeong, Go Bo Gyeol, Jo Woo Jin, Lee El, Kim So Hyun, Kim Min Jae, Park Hee Bon, Jung Hae In, Kim Byung Chul, Park Hyung Hye, Yeom Hye Ran
Year Released: 2016
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Romance
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Recommended By: TikTok
Watched it For: Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook, Kim Go Eun

Is it better to live forever or to finally be able to die? Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is a decorated military general during the Goryeo Dynasty who is betrayed by the jealous king he served. When Kim Shin is faced with death instead of honor after fighting a mighty battle, God turns Kim Shin into a goblin instead, tasked with protecting certain people from the life of misery. But immortality is wearing on Kim Shin, and he longs to find the prophesied human bride who can set his soul free.

Kim Shin becomes accidental roommates with Wang Yeo (Lee Dong Wook), the grim reaper who ushers people’s souls into the afterlife. Kim Shin’s nephew, Yoo Deok Hwa (Yook Sungjae), is a rebellious chaebol heir whose family has been caretakers of the goblin for many generations. Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) is a high school senior whose mother was saved from an accident by Kim Shin 19 years ago, and ever since then, she has been able to communicate with the dead. Sunny (Yoo In Na), the owner of a chicken restaurant and Eun Tak’s boss, crosses path with Wang Yeo and becomes smitten with him.

Can Eun Tak be the true “goblin bride” with the power to release Kim Shin from his eternal misery? “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God”, also known as “Goblin”, is a 2016-2017 South Korean drama series directed by Lee Eung Bok. It is written by Kim Eun Sook, who also wrote the very successful dramas: “Heirs” (2013) and “Descendants of the Sun” (2016).
Oh man, this show. I wanted to see this show because I saw so many videos of people recommending it on TikTok (my For You Page is all Korean dramas, all the time) but also because my love of all things Gong Yoo demanded that I watch it. And boy am I glad that I did because holy shit balls, this show was fucking good.

This show follows our fellow Goblin, Kim Shin, who was wronged in his human life that his soul cried out in agony and vengeance. When he’s given the chance to avenge his family, he takes it. In return, he becomes an immortal Goblin who has to protect people from a life of misery. As decade after decade living as an immortal Goblin, protecting strangers from life, starts wearing on him, he starts searching for his Goblin bride. His Goblin bride is the only person that can set his soul free. He has to find her, get her to agree to be his bride so that she can pull the sword that only she can see out of his chest and end his immortality.


Nine hundred years later, he finds her and she’s in freaking high school. LOL. She’s also immature, naive, and living a hard life. Her mother died when she was just a kid and she never knew her father so she’s sent to live with her mother’s sister, who resents the hell out of having to take care of someone else’s kid. When she meets Goblin, she is immediately drawn to him. He’s a lot older than she is but they still strike up a friendship anyway. Goblin becomes a guardian like presence in Eun Tak’s life and she comes to rely on him a great deal. Along with Goblin, Eun Tak gets a Grim Reaper in her corner and together with Goblin and Goblin’s nephew, she gets a family to love and support her but it comes with a lot of work and some chaos.

There’s a lot going on in this show and I was here for it all. From Goblin’s complicated human life, to seeing the way that he spends his immortal days saving people from bad decisions and hard times, to the love that blossomed over the years with Eun Tak, to his budding bromance with the Grim Reaper, to the secondary romance between the Grim Reaper and Eun Tak’s boss, to all of Eun Tak’s ghost friends and their struggles, to the complications when everything starts falling into place and you’re left looking like…


There’s no denying that Gong Yoo is a gorgeous man and there’s also no denying the fact that I wanted to watch this show for his fine ass but though I came into this one strictly for Gong Yoo, I developed a love for Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook, and everyone else. The writing on this show was fantastic and the actors did such a great job of portraying their characters in a way that made me connect with every single one of them. I was on board with everything. I cried happy tears, ugly cried sad tears but through it all, there was nothing but love. The ending had me ugly crying like it was nobody’s business and though I’m put back together before the absolute end, when we’re back in Canada, I felt it was a little rushed. Still, this show was amazing and it’s easily in my top 5 Korean Dramas of all time. I definitely, DEFINITELY recommend.
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Final Rating

4.75 out of 5

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Review: Descendants of the Sun

Posted September 10, 2020 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 0 Comments

Male Lead: Song Joong Ki
Female Lead: Song Hye Kyo
Also Starring: Jin Goo, Kim Ji Won, Onew, Kim Min Seok, Lee Seung Joon, Hyun Kyu Ni, Lee Yi Kyung, David McInnis, Kang Shin Il, Jo Jae Yoon, Jun Soo Jin, Kim Byung Chul, Seo Jeong Yeon, Jasper Cho, Ji Seung Hyun, Park Hwan Hee, Ahn Bo Hyun, Park Hoon
Year Released: 2016
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Romance
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Hulu
Recommended By: B Nice
Who I Watched it For: Song Joong Ki

Some relationships are fated, despite the challenges of time and place.

Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki), the leader of a Special Forces unit, meets trauma surgeon Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) in a hospital emergency room after Shi Jin and his second-in-command, Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo), chase down a thief on their day off.

Shi Jin is immediately smitten with Mo Yeon, and he asks her out on a date. But Shi Jin keeps getting called to duty when he is with Mo Yeon, and the two also realize that they have conflicting views about human life (he will kill to protect his country and she has to save lives at all costs). They decide to break off their budding relationship as a result.

Dae Young also tries to break off his relationship with Army doctor Yoon Myeong Ju (Kim Ji Won) because her father, Lt. General Yoon (Kang Shin Il), thinks Shi Jin is a better match for his daughter.

Shi Jin and Dae Young are then deployed to the fictional war-torn country of Urk on a long-term assignment of helping the United Nations keep peace in the area. After repeatedly being passed over for a promotion because of her lack of connections, Mo Yeon gives up performing surgeries, loosening her principles somewhat to become a celebrity TV doctor and caring for VIP patients at the hospital. But when she refuses the sexual advances of the hospital chairman, Mo Yeon is picked to lead a medical team to staff a clinic in Urk! There, Mo Yeon unexpectedly reconnects with Shi Jin.

“Descendants of the Sun” is a 2016 South Korean drama series directed by Lee Eung Bok. The entire series was pre-produced prior to airing, which is a departure from how Korean dramas are typically produced. The stars and production team spent one month in Greece to film much of the series’ storyline. The drama also is the first project for Song Joong Ki after finishing his mandatory two-year military service.
I watched this show at the recommendation of my friend, B Nice and then I found out that she didn’t even watch it but heard it was good, haha. I still watched it though and though the overall romance was a good one, I struggled with connecting with what was going on and the female lead. I also thought that the male lead was a bit over the top at times but he didn’t annoy me the way that the doctor heroine did.


This show is about two people, who meet and before their romance can take off, the hero does. She’s a doctor and he’s in the military so it’s hard for them to get together because either she’s getting called into surgery or he’s getting called onto missions in faraway places that he can’t even tell her about. So there are some struggles, obviously. They also find out that they have different views on things and then there are more struggles so they call off their budding romance before it grows into anything deeper. They go their separate ways but are brought back together when Mo Yeon is assigned to lead a medical team to run a clinic in Urk, where Shin Jin is stationed. When the two reconnect, sparks fly and the story really picks up.


There’s also a secondary romance between Shin Jin’s buddy Dae Young and an army doctor, Yoon Myeong Ju that is filled with a whole lot of drama. Dae Young’s not the partner that Meyong Ju’s father would have chosen for her and he is very vocal about it. So vocal, in fact, that he consistently abuses his powers at work (he’s one of the higher-ups in the military) to move Dae Young around to make sure that he can’t be with his daughter. Dae Young, of course, doesn’t say any of this to Yoon Myeong Ju, he just goes wherever he’s sent and puts up with the abuse from her father. He kept getting pulled in different directions and his life was thrown upside down at every turn because of his girlfriend so that was some special kind of drama in itself and it drove me just as crazy as the main romance.

I will say that both sets of couples have chemistry in spades. I completely bought everything they were trying to sell and this was my introduction to all of these actors so I was impressed that they can make me feel every single emotion under the sun. I went from happy, to pissed off, to sad, back to happy, back to pissed off, back to sad for all 16 episodes but there was a whole lot of humor from the other characters sprinkled in that my overall experience with this show wasn’t all pissed off.

I’m glad that I watched this show even though it wasn’t my favorite. It introduced me to a bunch of actors I’d like to see in other shows and movies so I’m glad about that. However, this show is made up of a whole lot of stuff that pissed me off that I can’t rate it higher than 3.25 out of 5 stars. I had high hopes that things would turn around but in episode 15, the heroine and the hero were still pissing me off that by then, it was too late for me to absolutely love them. Still, this was a solid drama.

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Final Rating

3.25 out of 5

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Review: The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

Posted August 25, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 2 Comments

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

Starring: Ma Dong Seok, Kim Moo Yeol, Kim Sung Kyu, Yoo Seung Mok
Year Released: 2019
Genre: Contemporary, Action, Crime Drama
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Watched It For: Ma Dong Seok

After barely surviving a violent attack by an elusive serial killer, crime boss Jang Dong-su (Don Lee) finds himself forming an unlikely partnership with local detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo Yul) to catch the sadistic killer simply known as “K”.
I came across this movie on Viki and was curious about it because of one of the main characters in it. Ma Dong Seok was my favorite character in Train to Busan so when I saw that he was in this one, I thought, “Why not?” and I started watching it immediately.

So this movie is about a gangster who almost died at the hands of a serial killer and the cop that join forces to catch the devil serial killer who is running rampant around the city. I thought that I would enjoy this movie a lot more than I did but for a huge portion of the movie, I was bored. I freaking hated the cop and was okay with the gangster (that’s probably cause I’m biased. I loved the gangster’s acting) and didn’t care one way or the other about the devil. There’s a lot of action going on so that was a plus but again, for most of the movie, I was bored and it was easy for me to dose in and out of the movie so when it finally ended, I was glad. I didn’t hate the movie and there were parts of the movie that were good but not enough of the movie was good enough for me to give this movie a higher grade than a 2.
Final Rating

2 out of 5

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Review: The Divine Fury

Posted July 28, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 0 Comments

The Divine Fury

Male Lead: Park Seo Jun
Female Lead: –
Secondary Lead: Ahn Sung Ki, Woo Do Hwan
Also Starring: Park Ji Hyun
Year Released: 2019
Genre: Supernatural, Drama
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Watched It For: Park Seo Jun, Woo Do Hwan

Losing both of his parents at a young age, Yong Hoo (Park Seo Joon), has spent his entire life resenting God for his unwillingness to save the people he loved most in this world. Growing up without faith or a family, Yong Hoo has dedicated himself to one thing, and one thing only: becoming the best MMA fighter in the world.

Twenty years later, Yong Hoo has become just that. After an intense fight in the States, Yong Hoo makes his way back home, using the long flight back to Korea as a chance to get some much-needed rest. But his sleep is anything but peaceful. Waking up from one hellish nightmare, Yong Hoo finds he now bears an unusual affliction: a stigmata. With wounds on his hands which only get worse as time passes and a never-ending string of horrific nightmares, Yong Hoo soon finds himself in a place of utter desperation. Not knowing what else to do, Yong Hoo seeks the advice of doctors and shamans, but to no avail. With very few options before him, Yong Hoo turns to the one place he has spent his entire life avoiding: the church.

Seeking the help of Father Ahn (Ahn Sung Ki), Yong Hoo quickly learns that his afflictions are not of the world. Suddenly forced to accept the fact that the world is full of unspeakable horrors, Yong Hoo has very few options before him. As evil begins to close in around them, Yong Hoo and Father Ahn team up to wage war against the demons who seek to destroy all that is good in the world.

A thrilling supernatural battle of good versus evil, “The Divine Fury” is a 2019 action horror film directed by Kim Joo Hwan.
This week kicks off Park Seo Jun week because both reviews that I have written for this week feature shows and movies that star my main boo thang. In this movie, Park Seo Jun plays an MMA fighter who has rejected God from his life ever since God didn’t save his parents when he was young. When he becomes cursed with a stigmata, nightmares plague him and after exhausting all of his choices trying to get help, he turns to the one place he didn’t think he’d ever return to…the Church.

So our main character, Yong Hoo spends the course of the movie trying to come to grips with everything going on and fixing it. While trying to help himself, he gets recruited into helping others, who are battling the same things he’s battling, who aren’t as strong as he is. He doesn’t believe in God and he’s got no faith in the Priest that he goes to for help in trying to get rid of the wounds on his hands from the stigmata but he’s out of options and it looks like exorcism is the only way to go. Seeing him struggle with his beliefs and then seeing him battle the need to do right by these people who so obviously needed his help made for an interesting movie. I’ve seen Park Seo Jun play in many different roles and he handles each of them really well and it wasn’t any different in this movie. He’s a great actor and he conveys Yong Hoo’s struggles in this movie in a way that had me invested in him from the very beginning.

Woo Do Hwan played his villainous character perfectly too. I wanted to knee him in the balls so many different times and I was happily rooting against him so it was a lot of fun hating him when I’m so used to loving him. There were times when he would do his little evil shit in this movie that I would cringe because..yuck but alls well that ends well, right? This movie ended the way that I was hoping it would so I’m a happy camper.

This movie isn’t the perfect horror movie or the perfect exorcism movie but it was great for the mood that I was in and there really isn’t much that Park Seo Jun can do that I’m not completely on board with. So this review comes to you with some bias because I love me some Seo Jun. 🙂 Still, it’s an enjoyable movie and I’m not at all mad that I watched it.
Final Rating


4 out of 5

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Review: Parasite

Posted July 21, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 4 Comments

Parasite

Starring: Cho Yeo Jeong, Park So Damn, Choi Woo Shik, Lee Sun Gyun, Jeong Ji So, Kang Ho Song, Park Myung Hoon, Jang Hye Jin, Lee Jeong Eun, Jeong Hyun Joon, Park Keun Rok, Park Seo Jun
Year Released: 2019
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: YouTube
Reason I Watched It: Park Seo Jun

Jobless, penniless, and, above all, hopeless, the unmotivated patriarch, Ki-Taek, and his equally unambitious family–his supportive wife, Chung-Sook; his cynical twentysomething daughter, Ki-Jung, and his college-age son, Ki-woo–occupy themselves by working for peanuts in their squalid basement-level apartment. Then, by sheer luck, a lucrative business proposition will pave the way for an ingeniously insidious scheme, as Ki-woo summons up the courage to pose as an English tutor for the teenage daughter of the affluent Park family. Now, the stage seems set for an unceasing winner-take-all class war. How does one get rid of a parasite?
I watched this movie because I saw that Park Seo Joon was in it and he was only in like the first five minutes. LOL. That didn’t stop me from watching the rest of the movie though. This movie was freaking nuts. Like, psycho crazy and I couldn’t stop watching it even though I had severe anxiety the entire time.

It’s about the class discrimination in Korea and centers around the Kim and the Park families. The Kim family is super poor and they live in slums of Seoul while the Park family is well off and lives in a gorgeous, contemporary home. When Park Seo Joon’s character, Min, leaves to study abroad, he approaches his college buddy, Ki Woo (of the Kim family) to take over his tutoring job for the Park’s high school-age daughter, Da Hye. After discussing the job with his family, Ki Woo decides to make a go of it and then cons his family into jobs for the Park family as well. It is amazingly crazy how the Kim family operates. They go from piss poor job to piss poor job together as a family. When Ki Woo starts working for the Park family, things really start to pick up for the Kim family. The Parks have a driver, a housekeeper and are looking for someone to work with their youngest son on his art and the Kim family go to extraordinary lengths to fit themselves into working for the Park family. The long time driver for the Park family runs into some trouble that is completely fabricated by the Kim family so that the Dad that can be the driver. The housekeeper runs into her own kind of trouble that was brought about by the Kim family, just so that they can move the Mom into the housekeeper role. Stuff like that.

The Park family wasn’t without their own set of craziness. Their son has behavioral problems and their daughter is a fast little thing, and the parents are completely oblivious to the way the real world for the Kim’s. You see just how divided the two families are by their lifestyles. The Kims are money hungry and will do whatever it takes for a bit of change while the Parks are wasteful and low key snobby and you see how their attitudes toward the different social classes that they belong to. The Kims lie at every turn to get more while the Parks believed anything that anyone told them just so that they didn’t have to deal with it themselves. The Parks threw money around like it was candy and the Kim’s were always thinking of the next lie they can tell to get something else from the Parks.

There is a huge divide between the rich and the poor in this movie. The poor folks live in the actual slums. When it rains, the poor suffer because their streets and their homes flood easily because they live in the literal basement of Korea and the rich don’t suffer at all since they’re literally at the top…everything trickles down so they’re comfortable and safe from the elements and living a hard life. So because of this, there’s a lot of resentment and the rich people are completely oblivious to it. They don’t understand and they low key don’t care either.

It was hard to watch this movie at times because seeing people so desperate, doing unspeakable things just to survive was really uncomfortable. There were so many times when the Kims were being sneaky as shit and doing shit they had no business doing that I had to pause the movie and walk away because I just knew that they were going to get caught and it was going to end bad for all of them. But then the house party for the Park’s son happens and I wasn’t expecting it so I was freaking floored when all was said and done. The way that this movie led up to that party was one crazy-ass ride and I’m not mad at all that I watched it. I’m not even mad that Park Seo Joon wasn’t in the rest of the movie. It was crazy and it was wild but it sure was entertaining at the same time that it was eye-opening. Should you watch it? Definitely.
Final Rating


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